Di Montezemolo: Ferrari would have won with Hamilton

  • 05 Dec 2018 10:49
  • comments 7
  • By: Richard Fletcher

The former President of Ferrari, Luca Di Montezemolo believes that the Italian team would have won this year's championship if Hamilton had been driving for them. He was keen to ensure his comments were not seen to belittle Sebastian Vettel but he praised Hamilton's lack of errors this year. 

Montezemolo who worked with Ferrari from 1973 to 2014 acknowledged Vettel's mistakes and said that the car was at times better than the Mercedes but that there was something missing. He also said that Hamilton had his best ever season.

Montezemolo said: “He has had moments of weakness and crisis, but this year with Ferrari he would have won. Ferrari did a good car this year, which in some situations was even better than Mercedes. But the final part was missing.

The former Ferrari boss added some advice for his old team in managing the 4 time World Champion: “Vettel made some decisive mistakes, but for the world championship, you have to do everything to keep him up. He is a driver of the highest order and always close to the team. In frustration, he must be supported, even more so with the arrival of a very strong boy (Leclerc) with a great future,” he added.

Replies (7)

Login to reply
  • Kean

    Posts: 450

    They would have won with Alonso as well

    • + 1
    • Dec 5 2018 - 15:14
  • Damn Luca... what a burn. It's true though. As @Kean mentioned, Alonso would have probably won as well. I'd be willing to even throw Danny Ric into that mix.

    • + 0
    • Dec 5 2018 - 16:46
    • Kean

      Posts: 450

      Yeah, Danny would have probably sealed it too.

      • + 0
      • Dec 6 2018 - 16:59
  • jaybee

    Posts: 15

    I'm feel they would have won with Max, too

    • + 0
    • Dec 5 2018 - 17:27
    • Kean

      Posts: 450

      Perhaps, but then he sort of began the season the way Vettel ended his.

      • + 0
      • Dec 6 2018 - 17:00
  • f1ski

    Posts: 283

    Danny Ric and verstappen would have possibly won with ferrari. Merc late season strength
    would have made it close. I am not a fan of Hamilton he exhibited tremendous restraint and control to manage his race situations to come out ahead. He suffered from the woes of hamilton the year that Rosberg won. I am impressed how he learned from that year. It showed in how he raced only worrying about today. Vettel has lost that ability and more importantly lost the ability to live at the limit without worrying about a mistake. Hopefully he will regain that confidence and get a real battle brewing next year.

    • + 0
    • Dec 6 2018 - 02:21
    • I prefer to see all of these guys racing at the top of their game. However, if I could choose I'd rather see someone else taking the battle to Hamilton. I think Vettel is a known cipher. It's been a good battle, but also quite underwhelming because Vettel always loses his cool towards the end of the season. No, I'd rather see Max, Danny, and Charles be the ones racing Lewis. I still don't think we've seen a serious battle between Max and Lewis. We've gotten small demos, but no proper battles for position. When both have something to lose. Usually we've seen Max willing to torpedo anyone because he is not thinking about the championship, and Lewis either cruising past, or taking it easy thinking about the long game.

      • + 0
      • Dec 6 2018 - 02:49

Related news

Test calendar

See full test schedule

AU Grand Prix of Australia

Local time 

  • Friday weather-image

    Saturday weather-image

    Sunday weather-image

  • Free practice 1

    02:40 - 04:10

    Free practice 3

    04:10 - 05:10

    Race

    06:10 - 08:10

  • Free practice 2

    06:40 - 08:10

    Qualifying

    07:10 - 08:10

    Fastest lap

     

AU Grand Prix of Australia

Local time 

  • Fridayweather-image

  • Free practice 1

    02:40 - 04:10

    Free practice 2

    06:40 - 08:10

  • Saturdayweather-image

  • Free practice 3

    04:10 - 05:10

    Qualifying

    07:10 - 08:10

  • Sunday weather-image

  • Race

    06:10 - 08:10

    Fastest lap

    06:10 - 06:10

Give your opinion!

Which is your favourite 2019 livery so far?

World Championship standings

Show full world champion standings

Driver profile

  • Team Mercedes
  • Points 1,532
  • Podiums 64
  • Grand Prix 81
  • Country United Kingdom
  • Date of b. Jan 7 1985 (34)
  • Place of b. Tewin, United Kingdom
  • Weight 66 kg
  • Length 1.75 m
Show full profile

Team profile

Show full profile

Formula 1 Calendar - 2019

Date
Grand Prix
Circuit
-
Spain
-
Spain
15 - Mar 17
Australia
29 - Mar 31
Bahrain
12 - Apr 14
China
26 - Apr 28
Azerbaijan
10 - May 12
Spain
24 - May 26
Monaco
7 - Jun 9
Canada
21 - Jun 23
France
28 - Jun 30
Austria
12 - Jul 14
United Kingdom
26 - Jul 28
Germany
2 - Aug 4
Hungary
30 - Sep 1
Belgium
6 - Sep 8
Italy
20 - Sep 22
Singapore
27 - Sep 29
Russian
11 - Oct 13
Japan
25 - Oct 27
Mexico
1 - Nov 3
United States of America
15 - Nov 17
Brazil
29 - Dec 1
United Arab Emirates
See full schedule

Formula 1 Calendar - 2019

Date
Grand Prix & Circuit
15 - Mar 17
Australia Albert Park
29 - Mar 31
12 - Apr 14
26 - Apr 28
Azerbaijan Baku City Circuit
10 - May 12
24 - May 26
Monaco Monte Carlo
7 - Jun 9
21 - Jun 23
France Paul Ricard
28 - Jun 30
Austria Red Bull Ring
12 - Jul 14
United Kingdom Silverstone
26 - Jul 28
Germany Hockenheimring
2 - Aug 4
Hungary Hungaroring
30 - Sep 1
6 - Sep 8
Italy Monza
20 - Sep 22
27 - Sep 29
Russian Sochi Autodrom
11 - Oct 13
25 - Oct 27
1 - Nov 3
United States of America Circuit of the Americas
15 - Nov 17
Brazil Interlagos
29 - Dec 1
United Arab Emirates Yas Marina Circuit
See full schedule
show sidebar